Auburn University professor touts algae as energy source
Dr. Ron Putt, the associate research professor of chemical engineering at Auburn University, thinks algae is a big deal. He explained his affinity for pond scum to those attending the Alabama Agricultural Energy Conference at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Thursday.
“If we had a million acres in (algae) ponds, we could produce 100 percent of the fuel for the state,” he said.
No other state is looking at algae as a renewable energy source except Alabama, so if researchers can pull it off, Putt said, Alabama will be the first to do it.
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